It's getting about that time again--everything is going pretty well in the world of Silmarwen's Fish Tanks--and I'm itching to get another new one. At this point, I really have two things I'm looking the most seriously at:
- 6.6 Gallon Petco "Bookshelf Aquarium"
- 7.2 Gallon 12" rimless cube from Deep Blue Professional
Lighting would be--on either--a jury-rigged desk-lamp-and-CFLs apparatus, and I'd likely use a basic play sand as the substrate, with root tabs all around (as those have been working out for my ten gallon.)
Fauna stocking options include:
- Another betta (maybe a plakat male)
- A dwarf puffer (See so many of these lately--SO CUTE.)
- Shrimp of yet-to-be-determined varieties
- Chili rasboras, least killifish, or endlers livebearers (all male) (if I can figure out where to get a hold of them.)
Flora thoughts include:
- Moss tank (for shrimpies~)
- The usual low-light suspects (for everyone else)
I'm considering doing CO2, but I'm not yet sure whether I want to add that expense/dimension of planning to my setup at this point. I'm working on the "KISS" method for now (Keep It Simple, Stupid), so unless someone gives me a fantastic reason to do CO2, I'll pass for now.
I realize that a lot of it is personal opinion, but I think I like both ideas equally, so I leave it to you to sway my opinion on this! Cost for both tanks will be about the same, though the cube would involve getting (most likely) a sponge filter, which I've already got an air pump to run. The differences in price will come from flora and fauna, but that won't be for a few months after the tanks are actually acquired anyway, so I think it's slightly moot.